Democrats continued their assault on presumed “safe” Republican Senate strongholds by attempting to convince a successful Kansas businessman to run against incumbent Republican Senator Jerry Moran.
Democrats responded Monday when former Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana decided to run against the Republican Todd Young. Bayh already has access to $9.3 million in previous campaign accounts, making his entry a boon for Democrats looking to turn the Senate into Democratic hands. Democrats turned to Orman to convince him to run against Republican incumbent Jerry Moran, reports the Associated Press.
Democrats have Senators polling well in key Senate races across the map. New Hampshire, Ohio, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Missouri. Republican fundraisers responded by fundraising aggressively in those races, with the Koch brothers joining former President George W. Bush in campaigning for each of the Republican Senators battling for re-election in those races. Additionally, a new poll placed former Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Senate seat within grasp of Senate Republicans Monday.
“We’re seeing that more are tipping into play, maybe not winners, but in play,” Democratic strategist Michael Meehan told the Associated Press. Meehan told reporters that any race Republicans thought was safe but have to fight for is a win-even if the candidates themselves don’t win. Democrats think that if more and more funds have to go to obscure races, then there will be less money that goes to other races where Democrats stand more of a chance. Such a change would give the Democrats in those tight races a great leg up on the competition.
Democrats only need 4 seats to regain the majority in the Senate if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins, 5 if she loses. Moving the attention of the Republicans makes this more possible. Although scoring a much needed candidate like Bayh is practically free for the Democratic party. They won’t need to invest a dime in that race in order pick up an Indiana Senate seat.
Republicans said that they were the ones that had Democrats running scared in the upcoming election. By convincing Senator Marco Rubio, an uncertain race becomes almost a shoo-in with the polls, especially when combined with the recent scandals involving Democratic front-runner Patrick Murphy.
“I don’t think that they’re successfully expanding the map because they have so many other races that have really turned south on them. Look at what happened in Florida,” spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee Greg Blair told the Associated Press. “Hillary Clinton is a historically toxic candidate on their side.”
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